Reducing anxiety and stress can be free and easy.
Are you feeling stressed and anxious? If yes, then you are one of the 40 million Americans and millions of people around the world. Many people who have stress and anxiety need intervention. Some of them need medication and psychotherapy to lessen their symptoms.
However, reducing anxiety and stress can be inexpensive. You don’t need medication and psychotherapy. What you need is the determination to actually do the beneficial practices.
Below are the tips you need to consider if you want to stay psychologically healthy.
1. Don’t try to control the uncontrollable
In life, there are many things you cannot control. You can’t control the wind, the sunshine, the rain, and some aspects of your life. Forcing yourself to pursue everything you want may only cause stress. The best thing you can do instead is letting things happen. As long as you did everything you could, you’ll have no regret at the end.
2. Don’t pursue perfection
Perfection only exists in the mind, not in reality. If you pursue perfection, you’ll be creating impossible and unreachable goals in your life. The problem starts to manifest if you couldn’t meet those goals. The result will be a high level of stress and anxiety. Accepting your own limitations and weaknesses will help you shield yourself from self-destruction.
3. Develop a positive mindset
Reducing anxiety and stress can be easy if you can change your negative thoughts. A positive mindset is essential if not the most important aspect of developing psychological health. Regardless of what you are going through, find something worth pursuing – something that somehow uplifts your well-being.
4. Be aware of the things that could trigger your anxiety
It is important that you keep an eye on the cues. The best practice would be a daily journal. By recording your daily activities, it will be easier for you to spot what triggers your emotion. Examine what are the changes you can make to minimize or avoid the recurrence.
5. Drink more water instead of caffeinated drinks
Aside from coffee, you need to avoid other caffeinated drinks. Caffeinated beverages are stimulants which could cause heart palpitation and panic-like symptoms. Replace stimulant drinks with more water.
6. Limit social media usage
The internet is the fastest medium of communication. But it also has its own toll. Stress and anxieties mostly emanate from social media today. Studies found that social media use is associated with higher level of stress and anxiety. While limiting social media use is associated with higher level of happiness.
7. Chew gum
This may be the quickest and easiest way of reducing anxiety and stress. The reason for this is that when you chew a gum, the muscle movement on your mouth triggers blood circulation in the brain. Such blood flow is similar to what is found in your brain when you are relaxed and less stress.
There are many ways you can do to feel more relaxed. Just remember that in reducing anxiety and stress, you don’t have to spend money. You just need to find the things that can make you happy.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.